Bassetts Mead Country Park
- Free car parking, with no height restriction
- Meadows and small copse beside the River Whitewater
- 1.8km circular walk
Where you’ll find it…
There are three free car parks for Bassetts Mead near Hook, nearest postcode RG27 9UW. Kingfisher Car Park is a large layby at the top of Holt Lane at grid reference SU 73695 54783. Reed Warbler Car Park is just off Doctor’s Acre at grid reference SU 73586 54558. And there’s also space for two cars at Woodpecker Car Park just off Athoke Croft at SU 73721 54371.
What you’ll find there…
Our favourite places tend to be those with a sense of discovery. Bassetts Mead may be small, but it definitely delivers. The path along the river bank, outside the fence, is the prime location, especially on a hot day when dragonflies are on patrol. But explore the meadows, ponds and copse, where excellent information boards tell you all about the river and the flora and fauna of this lovely little place.
Dog walkers may find it useful to know that Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust sometimes graze the site with cattle.